3 concepts that help lighten the burden of water collection for women in the developing world
The collection of water forms a significant part of the daily routine for most people in developing countries. It is largely women who bear this responsibility. This collected water is used for not only drinking, but many basic everyday tasks including:
Caring for livestock
We're looking to design a way to reduce the amount of time and effort women spend collecting water in developing countries. These are our concepts so far &
Please feel free to comment on your thoughts!
1. Contaminated water is a major issue. It leads to kids taking time out of schools while men and women struggle to provide for their families under this condition.
We're looking at designing a filter that can be used to improve the Jerrycan. The idea was to design a new screw on filter cap that can be attached to existing jerrycans/ containers that filters water as it is filled.
2. Reducing their queuing and filling time. A lot of time is wasted in the day waiting to fill their Jerry-can. We've been looking at a product that would attach onto existing wells, rope pumps, pumps that will allow multiple containers to be filled at one given time.
This also introduces an improved benefit of women working together to gather, finish, and travel home in a group.
3. Find a way to manipulate the climate/ environmental assets they already have. We are looking at rain and dew collection that could either bring communities together - to work together/ bring water closer to the home.
We're looking at a designing a collapsable structure that could open up during the rainy season. People would only need to add plastic sheeting to the product to collect water.
Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?
Women in the developing countries across Africa.
How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?
Testing natural filters & existing commercial filters, prototyping dew and rain collection methods from different objects, materials, and shapes.
What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?
Constructive criticism, taking on questions we have not yet uncovered/acknowledged.
Any feedback would help immensely.